Education Programs Manager

Organization: Birmingham Zoo, Inc. (AZA Member)
Location: Birmingham, AL, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Position: Education Programs Manager

Reports to: Curator of Education


This position is responsible for developing educational programming, conducting classes,seminars, teacher development programs and educational activities for people of all ages.


 Participates in long-term planning, goal setting, and budgeting for educational programs.

 Develops,implements,coordinates,and evaluates curricula to be used throughout the facility.

 Works cooperatively with Visitor Services, Animal Care,and Administrative staff to incorporate educational messages into all areas of the facility.

 Hires, supervises and evaluates full-time, part-time, and volunteer educators who lead classes, ZooSnoozes and camps.

 Works with staff to develops camps, ZooSnoozes,patch progrmas,classes, and teacher workshops; teaches, as necessary.

 Develops on- and off-site school programs within the National Science Education Standards and the Alabama State Course of Study.

 Maintains ties with colleagues in wildlife and education organizations.

 Researches and writes for the membership magazine and other publications, as requested.

 Schedules teachers for education classes, workshops, and camps.

 Completes administrative paperwork as required.

 Attends seminars and makes presentations to boards, committees and civic organizations to advance the conservation, education and entertainment missions of the Zoo.

 Works to develop subordinate team members through training, evaluation, coaching, counseling and progressive discipline activities.

 Acts proactively to advance a team spirit among Zoo employees and closely monitors the morale of staff and takes appropriate action to resolve issues.


 Class Coordinator, Camp Coordinator, Contract educators & Volunteer educators


 Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field (Master’s Degree is preferred)

 Experience in public education setting

 Minimum of two years of educational program development, instruction, and interpretation

 Must be goal-oriented, highly motivated, and be able to multi-task

 Must possess excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills

 Experience with volunteer staff is preferred

 Proficient with a PC/Mac


The employee frequently is required to use hands, fingers, tools or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk and hear. The employee occasionally may lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job would include close vision. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and functions of this position.


Applicants are instructed to electronically submit a letter of intent, resume and application (available at to:

Dr. Clay Hilton

Vice-President of Animal Care, Education & Conservation

Birmingham Zoo, Inc.

2630 Cahaba Road

Birmingham, AL 35223

The application may be faxed to 205.879.9426 or scanned and submitted electronically. Applications will be accepted through Friday, April 5th, 2013.